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Image of South West Point, Conanicut

William Trost Richards
American, (active 1833–1905)

South West Point, Conanicut

about 1880

Object Type: Painting
Dimensions:
10 in. x 14 1/2 in. (25.4 cm x 36.83 cm)
Medium and Support: Watercolor on paper
Accession Number: 1994.0001.0007

Credit Line: Gift of the Estate of James L. Whitehead and Elliott P. Ellis


Richards was a successful marine and landscape painter. In 1878 he traveled to Europe to paint and attempt to establish a market for his work there. His European paintings were successful and upon his return in 1880 he purchased land to build a house on the coast of Rhode Island. This watercolor painting is a view along the eastern shore of Jamestown, Rhode Island, on Conanicut Island, across from Newport, which is situated on Aquidneck Island. In 1881-1882 Richards built a house at about the spot where this watercolor was made. In 1899 the US government demolished the house to expand a fort.

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